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Spatial Trends in Subsidized Affordable Rental Housing Siting in the Portland, Oregon Metropolitan Area

Authors: Sarah Carnaroli*, , Lahar Santra*,
Topics: Development
Keywords: housing development, affordable housing, site selection, subsidized housing
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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The purpose of this poster is to showcase an exploratory study of the location of subsidized affordable rental housing within the Portland metro area in order to understand which factors have the greatest influence on site selection by the different types of developers within the Portland region. The study examines spatial trends of the location of affordable units built after 2005 in Portland, Oregon using Graphic Information System analysis to compare site location based on subsidy program, year built, amenities, number of affordable units, and level of affordability, as well as available market and sales information. The database of projects was compiled using a variety of publicly available sources including but not limited to the HUD User LIHTC database, the Home Forward directory, Oregon.gov Affordable Housing Inventory, and the Portland Housing Bureau Pipeline. Since this is an exploratory study, conclusions are not available at this time, but trends identified will be used to pursue more in depth qualitative research questions for a future study on the policies, programs, and decisions that shape the spatial make-up of affordable housing in Portland and how residents are affected by these decisions.

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